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Sectarianism and Confessionalism: Caucasus
(862 words)

This entry explores the conflictual relationship between the secular state, official religion, and so-called neo-traditionalists in the Caucasus, as well as the emerging tensions within the Muslim community between Sunnis and Shiʿis.

Neo-traditionalists/Wahhabis

After 70 years of enforced atheism and isolation from the rest of the Muslim world, Soviet Muslims were left with a very low level of religious knowledge. Nevertheless, the end of…

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Bedford, Sofie, “Sectarianism and Confessionalism: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00368a>
First published online: 2009



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